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        1.    Jan Wohlgemuth, A Typology of Verbal Borrowing

Message 1: A Typology of Verbal Borrowing
Date: 16-Mar-2009
From: Jan Wohlgemuth < adminlists.stuts.de, janstuts.de">wohlgemutheva.mpg.de, adminlists.stuts.de, janstuts.de>
Subject: A Typology of Verbal Borrowing
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Institution: Universität Leipzig
Program: Institut für Linguistik
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2008

Author: Jan Wohlgemuth

Dissertation Title: A Typology of Verbal Borrowing

Dissertation URL: http://loanverb.linguist.de

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Dissertation Director:
Martin Haspelmath
Balthasar Bickel
Thomas Stolz

Dissertation Abstract:

The questions as to why most languages appear to have more trouble
borrowing verbs than nouns, and as to the possible mechanisms and paths by
which verbs can be borrowed or the obstacles for verb borrowing, have been
a topic of interest since the late 19th century. However, no truly
substantial typological research had been undertaken in this field before
the present study.

The present work is the first in-depth cross-linguistic study on loan verbs
and the morphological, syntactic and sociolinguistic aspects of loan verb
accommodation. It applies current methodologies on database management,
quantitative analysis and typological conventions and it is based on a
broad global sample of data from over 400 languages and the typological
data from the World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS).

One major result of the present study is the falsification, on empirical
grounds, of long-standing claims that verbs generally are more difficult to
borrow than other parts of speech, or that verbs could never be borrowed as
verbs and always needed a re-verbalization in the borrowing language.

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